Three random reading updates:
#1: I’ve continued my exploration of audiobooks. I finished Georgette Heyer’s VENETIA (the end was surprisingly suspenseful, despite me having read it a couple of times before), and moved on to her SYLVESTER, which is also read by Richard Armitage (based purely on the fact it was the only other Heyer my library had available).
I’m loving his narration, but it’s taken me a while to get into SYLVESTER. It’s not one of my all-time favourite Heyers, partly because the heroine spends a good part of the book waiting for the other shoe to drop, and this sort of suspense is not my thing. But all is revealed now, and the heroine and her trusty sidekick are embroiled in yet another pickle. Good times.
Next on my list is an Elizabeth Peters book, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Amelia Peabody’s adventures translates to audio.
#2: Speaking of Elizabeth Peters, did you see there will be A NEW BOOK THIS YEAR?? I am so excited. (I thought I had posted this, but I possibly squeed on Goodreads only.)
THE PAINTED QUEEN is out in July. I remember a post about this book being a work-in-progress back when she passed away in 2013, but after so long without any news, I thought it had been quietly shelved. I have everything crossed that it’ll be a good one.
#3: Finally, I finished Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s GOOD BOY last week. So much fun. I had (very) slight reservations going in because of the series title (WAGs being a bit of a derogatory term used by the tabloid press here), but my fears were unfounded. I loved how Blake didn’t get a personality transplant by the end – he was still the same Blake, but with a lot more depth to his character? I’d liked to see more of Jess’s character growth though, I’m not entirely sure I bought her story arc.
Mercedes Lackey’s BY THE SWORD: I devoured Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar books as a teen (I may have mentioned that a few times before…). If you set aside the Arrows of the Queen and The Last Herald-Mage trilogies (my copies are pretty much falling apart), Kerowyn’s story is one I always come back to – it’s loosely-related to the rest of the series, but I think it works well as a standalone too.